Yunhee Kim
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
12 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Looking for a an elegant spin on your basic spinach salad recipe? Try this Spinach, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pecans recipe. It's fresh, delicious, plus very quick and easy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Toast the pecans in a skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes or until fragrant; set aside. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil to the same skillet, and increase heat to medium-high. Add pears, and sprinkle with brown sugar; do not stir. Cook the pears 5 minutes or until lightly browned on bottom. Stir to melt the brown sugar. Transfer the pears to a plate.

Step 2

Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan. Add shallot, salt, and pepper. Stir 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add apple juice, cider vinegar, and mustard. Whisk; simmer 3–4 minutes or until slightly reduced. Add pears.

Step 3

Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Pour pears and dressing on top, and toss. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates. Arrange Gorgonzola and pecans on top. Serve immediately.

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Ratings & Reviews

gracewright's Review

February 23, 2013
Pretty good salad, didn't make anywhere near enough dressing for four salads in my opinion, also I thought the dressing was too watery and bland. The pears could have used a little more sugar to caramelize properly too. Not a bad recipe, just needed a fair amount of tweaking to suit my taste.

casey45632's Review

June 05, 2011
Delicious! I used goat cheese crumbles and left the skin on the pears. The flavors are excellent.